Movie Review: The Drop
James Gandolfini is his last film role costars in The Drop with Tom Hardy. Gandolfini plays Marv, the “owner” of neighborhood Brooklyn bar Cousin Marv’s. Well he used to own it, now the Chechen mafia owns his bar and its one of a network of “drop bars” places where all the cash changes hands and each night 1 bar is the drop for the night. Tom hardy plays Bob Saginowski the bartender at cousin Marv’s. He is in fact Marv’s real cousin. He knows what goes down in the bar but he keeps his head down and stays out of most of it, only getting involved tot he limit that is required.
The Drop wants to bring to you the dark underbelly of money laundering in the light of the Brooklyn most people don’t think of when they think of hipster Brooklyn AKA Williamsburg. No is not shiny invaded by people who are pushed to the other side of the bridge this is the standard working class Brooklyn. There are several subplots that while the seem unrelated but under the surface really aren’t. Focusing on the bar, on the night they are the drop bar a duo comes in and robs the place. The question of who robbed the bar and who is involved takes a bit to flesh out but it brings in local police involvement which typically does not touch the mafia’s business but the theft and assault brings them into the fold. Lead Detective Torres (John Ortiz) who knows Bob from around the neighborhood and mass at the local catholic church gets more interested then he should. Torres interest in Bob, the robbery and a guy who walked out of cousin Marv’s over a decade ago and ended up dead keeps him pocking around.
The other subplot involves Nadia (Noomi Rapace). Bob while walking home one night finds an abused puppy in her trash. After convincing her he didn’t place the dog in there and Nadia helping him clean up and take care of the dog they grow closer. This brings in Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), local low-life, small time thug, and Nadia’s ex boyfriend. While there seems to be no underlying thread the bad robbery which forces Marv and Bob to get the money back either by finding the thieves or taking it out of their own take (unless the mob finds them first) as well as Bob bonding with the dog Rocco and Eric Deeds always around when he shouldn’t be, the story holds. This is a pretty solid script and it moves at a good pace. There are subtle clues throughout to connect everything leading to the satisfying 3rd act. I tried to love this film but I kept being pulled out of it. I couldn’t quite figure out why but something about Tom Hardy’s performance bugged me to no end. After sleeping on it while I think his attempts are good the idea that Bob might have a mental defect which in the end well maybe its an act as well as the accent he choice for this role I could.not.shake. This is probably moot to anyone else watching but his lack of a Brooklyn accent and how his mannerisms seem pretty consistent til all of sudden they aren’t I couldn’t get past. He’s a great actor so maybe that’s why this bothered me so.
The Drop in spite of my issue, is a rather well made movie with the finesse that is required to keep an interlocked story going with the small clues sprinkled throughout to pull it all together.
My Rating: Matinee
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: September 12, 2014
Run time: 106 minutes
MPAA Rating: R